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Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Sault Ste. Marie

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 3, 2023
1. Historic Sault Ste. Marie Marker
Inscription.  When American troops arrived in 1822 to establish a fort, the soldiers built a mill race, which ran from above the rapids to a mill located near the present Osborn- Portage intersection, with the water returning to the river at approximately this site. Later, Seraphine LaLonde's homestead was located here. During the short-lived boom of 1887 the property sold for over $30,000.

From the 1820s through the 1890s, the Sault business center was the two blocks of Water Street bordering the hotel property on the north. Fires twice destroyed the Water Street commercial area, in August 1886 and August 1896. After the second fire, the business district relocated to Ashmun and Portage Streets.

In August 1926, Chase S. Osborn, governor of Michigan 1911-12 and the only one from the Upper Peninsula, donated this site and put up $50.000 to jump-start an effort to build a modern hotel. The project was enthusiastically received by local citizens, and the necessary funding was raised in five days.

The Chicago architectural firm of Pond & Pond, Martin & Lloyd designed the building, and Marshal N. Hunt of Sault Ste.
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Marie built it. The Ojibway Hotel held its Grand Opening on New Year's Eve 1927. The hotel leatured a formal dining room, café, and rooftop garden.

Leon Deglman and his wife managed the hotel from its beginning, and then bought it in 1947. The owners added the International Lounge in the early 1950s. The hotel remained basically unchanged, however, until the 1980s, when it underwent extensive renovations to the interior. The dining room was moved to the north side of the building and became Freighters Restaurant. The former dining areas were converted to banquet and reception rooms. The lobby and other public areas kept their original style.

Over the years, the hotel and restaurant have hosted many dignitaries and celebrities, including several Michigan governors, boxing greats Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey, and former Red Wings hockey star Gordie Howe. In 1992, U.S. President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush stayed here. Dean and Mary Lou Krieg purchased the hotel in April 2000, and later ioined the Ramada Plaza franchise. The owners celebrated the Ojibway Hotel's 80th anniversary in 2007. The hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 2009
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is April 2000.
 
Location. 46° 30.068′ 
Historic Sault Ste. Marie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 3, 2023
2. Historic Sault Ste. Marie Marker
N, 84° 20.909′ W. Marker is in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of West Portage Avenue and Osborn Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on West Portage Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 West Portage Avenue, Sault Sainte Marie MI 49783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saw Mill (a few steps from this marker); Making a Grand Entrance (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Marys Falls Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Chase S. Osborn Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heavy traffic on Portage Avenue (about 400 feet away); Early Hotels on Water Street (about 500 feet away); Cornerstone for new technology (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Ojibway Hotel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 3, 2023
3. Ojibway Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2023, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2023, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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